Safe Zone is the University of South Florida's institutionally recognized LGBTQ+ diversity training program that educates members of our campus community on advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans+, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) peers by promoting understanding through educating supportive allies. The training is a three-hour interactive certification on LGBTQ+ identities, inclusive language, and advocacy.
Safe Zone Vision
The vision of the Safe Zone Ally Training program is to foster an atmosphere of support and celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans+, and Queer/Questioning individuals within the University of South Florida community.
Safe Zone Mission
The mission of the Safe Zone Ally Training program at the University of South Florida is to identify, educate, and support allies. Allies are individuals within the USF community who consider themselves to be open and knowledgeable about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans+, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) issues and who choose to provide support, as well as advocate with those who are LGBTQ+.
What is Safe Zone Ally Training?
Safe Zone Ally Training is a free three-hour interactive certification on LGBTQ+ culture, advocacy, and how to be an ally. Upon completion of the training, you will receive a certificate that can be added to your co-curricular transcript.
What is an ally?
Allies are individuals within the USF community who are supportive of and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ identities and issues and who want to be a visible support for people of all sexual and gender identities and expressions. People of all identities are welcome to become Safe Zone allies! A Safe Zone ally is represented by the displayed Safe Zone symbol.
What are the benefits of being an ally?
- You gain a deeper understanding of the realities for LGBTQ+ individuals, who make up over 10% of the population.
- You may become less likely to stereotype according to societal roles and expectations, thus making people feel more welcome.
- You may increase your ability to have close and loving relationships with LGBTQ+ individuals.
- You have opportunities to learn from and about identities of people who you interact with even if you don't know their identities.
- You may be the reason an individual finally decides that their life is worth something.
Spring 2017 Safe Zone Training DatesFriday • January 27 • 10am-1pm • MSC 3709
Monday • February 13 • 1-4pm • MSC 3709
Tuesday • February 28 • 2-5pm • MSC 3709
Wednesday • March 8 • 3-6pm • MSC 3709
Thursday • March 30 • 4-7pm • MSC 3709